A free exhibition marking Qantas’ centenary, featuring life-sized replicas, unseen artefacts and interactive installations, will tour Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from June 2020.
The event, titled ‘Qantas Centenary – 100 Years of the Spirit of Australia’, has been crafted around six central themes – Origins, Wings to the World, Social Spirit, Challenges, Innovation and People of Qantas – and retells the biggest stories in the history of the airline through multimedia displays.
Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “For almost 100 years, Qantas has been taking Australians to the world and visitors will be able to quite literally walk through this journey and immerse themselves in a century of their national carrier.
“Qantas is now and has been for the past 100 years, at the global forefront of aviation. As much as this exhibition celebrates a century of Qantas history, it’s also about the future of aviation.”
In a press release accompanying the announcement, Qantas officials gave readers a preview into some of the exhibition features.
Highlights include scrapbooks of Fergus McMaster, Qantas co-founder; a replica 747 First Class Lounge from the 1970s; an interactive recreation of the airline’s current Integrated Operations Centre; and an immersive experience detailing the effects of long-haul flight.
City tour dates are as follows:
- Brisbane (Queensland Museum): 27 June 2020 – 16 November 2020;
- Sydney (State Library of NSW): December 2020 – April 2021;
- Melbourne (Scienceworks Museum): June – August 2021;
- Perth (unspecified): December 2021 – February 2022